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Re: bcm43xx steps on ndiswrapper



Quoting James <jdickson cimtel net>:
Thanks.. I would love to use the bcm43xx module but it is flaky at best
on my Dell Latitude D800.. ndiswrapper works really well.

I have the same on my Inspiron 8600. The rest of the machine works great, and it's a damn good linux laptop now (compared to when it first came out!) and the wifi is the only thing that lets it down. Using NDISwrapper at least lets me use the wifi card!

I did blacklist the bcm43xx module as Patrick suggested but not the
iee80211* stuff. I assumed without the bcm43xx loaded the others would
not load. I am not at  a place to test it but I will let you know my
results.

I added bcm43xx and it's family to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist and it does exactly as expected. I installed ndiswrapper again today, and it's all good so far.

My research on using the bcm43xx module has affirmed my own experiences
and successes are limited.

Yeah - About the only success I've had so far with FC6/rawhide is to hang the machine, or make the wifi card do nothing much at all :) I jumped on freenode and had a chat to some of the guys in #bcm-users I think it was, and apparently it's much better with the newer wireless-2.6 kernels, however I think the chances of getting them merged into rawhide is pretty much zero at this stage.

You guys are great. I love the debate and dialog.

Yeah, it's always an entertaining read :)

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